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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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Historically, Montana has been an important gold producer, in terms of both lodes and placers, and it still produces gold for the prospector today.

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There is one rule of thumb when prospecting for gold in Alaska: You’ll find your best pay in southern-sloped exposed ground. This is not to say there’s no gold on northern exposed gulches where the sun has trouble reaching it and limited melting occurs. It’s harder, and more time consuming, to look for easy prospects in northern exposures.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


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El Paso Mountains Mining History


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